What not to miss when you’re in England
No matter what you’ve heard about England from others – be it regarding bad weather, rude people, or flavourless food – you’d miss out big time if you gave England a miss because of opinions like these. A country unique in traditions, history, and natural beauty, it is a wonderful place to discover.
Here are a couple of things not to miss when you find yourself in the land of red buses, telephone booths, green rolling hills, castles and, of course, the royal family:
Windermere, English Lake District
Windermere is England’s largest lake, set in between lush green hills. Apart from all the little villages to explore in the area, other activities include Fell Foot Park, Lakes Aquarium, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and seeing all your favourite Beatrix Potter tales come to life at the World of Beatrix Potter.
Even if you’ve never understood one sentence William Shakespeare wrote, this literary legend’s birthplace and hometown is a magical place to visit. Not only is this market town more than 800 years old, but there are plenty things to keep you fascinated and entertained in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon such as visiting some of the independent, boutique high street stores, classic tea rooms, restaurants, and bars. Alternatively, you can make your way onto the water for a river cruise. Rent a bicycle, hop on a bus, or explore by foot. If you’re lucky, you might stumble upon a local event in the riverside area of Bancroft Gardens where you can enjoy the community atmosphere at a range of music festivals, farmers markets and more.
The megalithic circle on Salisbury Plain in southern England, aka Stonehenge, is not only a bucket-list item for many people (particularly archaeologists), but it also ranks among the world’s greatest mysteries. It was built 4,600 years ago by ancient Britons who left no written record of how they did it or why. As one of the folk stories go, Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, magically transported the colossal stones from Ireland where giants had assembled them. Others believe they were the ruins of a Roman temple. Who really knows?
Let’s face it, have you really been to England if you didn’t see the city of London? Take your time to soak up all this diverse city has to offer including the London Eye, Elizabeth tower (Big Ben), Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and more.